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The Art of Blackwork Embroidery
Blackwork is a very old kind of counted thread embroidery, which according to tradition originated in Spain and was brought to England by Catherine of Aragon in the 16th century. It appears as a decoration on collars and sleeves in many Tudor portraits, notably in examples by Hans Holbein, so that the double-running stitch on which it is based is often called the Holbein s ...more
Hardcover, 159 pages
Published October 1st 1975 by Macmillan Pub Co
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Nov 13, 2011 Gwnhwyfer rated it it was amazing
Lots of patterns and sample projects. Unlike other blackwork books I've found (though I haven't found many), the history of blackwork is heavily covered. Drysdale focuses more on the actual patterns, which is great!
One of the best blackwork resources I've been able to find. Although it's over four decades old now, it has a lot of very useful material - not just a brief historical overview plus how-to with a wide selection of blackwork motifs and patterns, but some very astute advice on light vs dense patterns, designing your own patterns, etc.